- Efforts to strengthen national unity by peaceful dialogue amid the recent crisis is ongoing
- Youth groups in the country are making efforts to de-escalate the tension across the nation
- Already, the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide have reached out to the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum
The apex Yoruba youth group, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide alongside the Coalition of Southern Group (CSG) have expressed support for the proposal by the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) to strengthen national unity by peaceful dialogue.
In a statement signed on Friday, October 23 by the president of Yoruba youths, Aare Oladotun Hassan, said there is a need to urgently and collectively address the escalating tension in the country and find a meeting point for all stakeholders across the divides.
Part of the statement read:
“It is high time we work out the best solution approach towards resolving the growing tide of violence and arsons, particularly within southern regions.’’
In a related development, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has commended the leadership of AYCF and other northern youth groups for the maturity exhibited in the midst of the current crisis across Nigeria.
The OYC also agreed with their northern counterparts on the protection of their people in both regions.
In a statement made available to journalists on Friday, October 23, the Igbo youths denied allegations of molestation of northerners in the south-east.
Earlier, the leader of AYCF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, called on Nigerians to disregard various fake news being attributed to him by unknown persons.
Yerima described as false and malicious claim of war and other fabrications in circulation being attributed to him, urging Nigerians and friends of the country all over the world to disregard them in totality.
In a statement the AYCF president signed and sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, October 22, Yerima said he is the target of mischief aimed at discrediting his personality.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his nationwide address to Nigerians over the escalating crisis in some parts of the country.
CSGGG convener, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, October 23 described the president's address to the citizenry as reassuring.
He, however, called on the president to take a step further and probe the looting and arson witnessed in some parts of the country by thugs masquerading as protesters.
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